Design Engineering in the Media
"Logarithmic mapping allows for low discount factors by creating action gaps similar in size"
"While reinforcement learning (RL) has seen significant successes over the past few years, modern deep RL methods are often criticized for how sensitive they are with respect to their hyper-parameters. One such hyper-parameter is the discount factor, which controls how future rewards are weighted compared to immediate rewards."
Aeropowder wins Sustainable Future category in Shell's Top Ten Innovators Competition
Shell LiveWIRE, 18 November 2019
"AEROPOWDER won the Sustainable Future category for creating a sustainable thermal packaging material out of waste feathers."
Anna Bernbaum, of the Dyson Engineering School, is one of the two runners-up in Dyson award for UK designer
Featured in The Gaurdian, 14 November 2019
"Another UK entrant is one of the two runners-up: Anna Bernbaum, of the Dyson Engineering School, Imperial College, London, whose AI-enabled wearable device can help monitor asthmatic symptoms and predict triggers. Over time, the data harvested by her product Afflo can be reviewed by medical professionals remotely to refine treatment plans."
"RoboPatient combines AR and robotics to train medics"
The Engineer, 11th September 2019
"A new research project at Imperial College London will use robotics and augmented reality to improve the training of medical students in using physical examinations to assess the condition of organs in the abdomen. The project, RoboPatient, will also build up an archive which will suggest which techniques are more likely to be successful in a given case. GPs often use physical examinations, touching and probing the abdomen to detect conditions such as an enlarged liver, swollen intestines, and at a more advanced level, to detect possible tumours. 'Doctors use a range of methods, changing the amount of pressure they apply, the shape and configuration of their fingers, and using various tapping techniques, to arrive at a diagnosis.' said Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara, reader in design engineering and robotics at the Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College."
"Kaiku turns fruit and vegetable waste into natural pigments"
Dezeen, 2 September 2019
"Imperial graduate Nicole Stjernsward has invented Kaiku, a system that turns plants into powdered paint pigments using vaporisation technology. Avocados, pomegranates, beetroots, lemons and onions are just some of the fruits and vegetables that can be placed into Kaiku and turned into the raw material for paints, inks and dyes."
"Imperial-founded start-up win big at Duke of York’s entrepreneurship competition"
Imperial College News, 17 June 2019
"Jelly Drops was founded by Lewis Hornby, Nick Hooton and Claudia Arnold, met whilst studying on the Innovation Design Engineering course, delivered jointly by Imperial and the Royal College of Art. They have created a sweet that can be given to dementia patients to combat dehydration, the leading cause of death among dementia sufferers."
"Imperial students find innovative new use for lobster shell waste"
Imperial College News, 31 May 2019
"The four students are studying Innovation Design Engineering, a course delivered jointly by Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. They have built a series of machines that extract, form and recycle the material, which they believe could be used as a replacement for various single-use plastics."
"Dyson School of Design Engineering students showcase the inventions of tomorrow"
iNews, 18 May 2019
"The first cohort of students to soon graduate from the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London have showcased their solutions to a series of modern global challenges, from tackling food waste and reducing non-sustainable packaging to improving office well-being and reusable resistant materials."
"This virtual chef could end the 900,000 tonnes of food waste Londoners throw away every year"
Evening Standard, May 2019
"The Lettuce Labs project hopes to prevent Londoners throwing out nearly 900,000 tonnes of food a year, and is among the creations of students at Imperial College’s Dyson School of Design Engineering. The idea is based on a “connected kitchen”, where smart devices communicating over the internet keep track of ingredients, their quantity and when they go out of date."
New Blood Entry — On It
McKinsey Design & The Case For Her / 2019
D&AD, May 2019
"On It is a period education card game for use in classrooms, communities and homes to create and open a dialogue to destigmatize menstruation amongst children at a young age."
"Biosolar leaf' project targets air pollution on London campus "
The Guardian, 28 April 2019
"The initiative, which launches on Monday, is a partnership between Imperial College, London and startup Arborea. It will be piloted at the university’s White City campus. In cities such as London it is hoped the solar panel structures can be installed on the roofs of large buildings, including warehouses, cinemas and public offices."
"Shellworks turns discarded lobster shells into recyclable bioplastic objects"
dezeen, 22 February 2019
"Four designers from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College have developed a series of machines that turn seafood waste into a biodegradable and recyclable bioplastic. The project, called Shellworks, saw Ed Jones, Insiya Jafferjee, Amir Afshar and Andrew Edwards transform the shells of crustaceans into a paper-like material that could act as a sustainable alternative to single-use plastics..."
"F*ck it! How sex toys are evolving beyond the penis"
Wired, 14 February 2019
"In the cafeteria of Imperial College London's Advanced Hackspace, Wan Tseng [Dyson School of Engineering] is laying out her modular jewellery across an empty table. As a man walks in to use the kitchen, the scene is innocuous enough even if the corresponding chat might not be. "We wanted to start with arousal, not necessarily something you put on your genitals," she says. The man clears his throat, grabs his tupperware and leaves..."
"An innovative Plastic Hackathon is taking place in London tomorrow"
London Post, 8 February 2019
"An innovative Plastic Hackathon is taking place tomorrow (Saturday 9 February 2019), bringing together sustainability experts, big businesses, scientists, students and young people to collaborate in the urgent search for scalable solutions to help tackle the global challenge posed by plastic pollution. It has been developed by sustainability campaigner Dhruv Boruah in conjunction with Imperial College London, where the event will be hosted."
Imperial Professor comments on issues relating to Aerotoxity and the future of aviation passenger technologies
BBC, Business Matters, January 2019
"Aerotoxicity: the hidden dangers of flying. Millions of us fly across the world every day, but just how clean is the air at 35,000 feet? In a special edition of Business Matters, Mike Powell investigates claims that an engineering fault on most aircrafts is causing chemicals from the engine to leak into the cabin."
Robot DE NIRO: A robotics platform for human-centered interactions
Tech Xplore, November 2018
"In the future, robots could play a key role in healthcare settings, easing the lives of the elderly and assisting vulnerable individuals. Researchers at Imperial College London have recently created Robot DE NIRO, a robotics research platform that could support caregivers, while also interacting directly with the care recipient."
Inty Grønneberg featured in MIT Technology Review: Innovators under 35
MIT Technology Review, November 2018
"Pollution by plastic has a new enemy: its turbines capable of collecting up to 80 tons a day in rivers"
New scanning software means London's 'risky' pedestrians help driverless cars pass their tests
Evening Standard, 3 November 2018
New scanning software means London's 'risky' pedestrians help driverless cars pass their tests, Evening Standard (p3) - London's unpredictable pedestrians are teaching driverless cars to avoid hitting people. Software is being developed by a start-up based at Imperial College to scan and analyse footage of people walking along the capital's busiest streets.
Aeropowder wins Green Alley Award 2018
Green Alley Award, October 2018
This year’s Green Alley Award has been given to Aeropowder. The company convinced the jury with their ecological insulation material made of surplus feathers and emerged as the winner on 18 October in a live pitch against five other finalists. Elena Dieckmann, is the founder and a graduate of the Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) double masters run jointly by Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art, and also a Phd student in the Dyson School of Design Engineering.
Dyson School of Design Engineering hosts the Department of Education
Imperial College, 11th October 2018
On Thursday 11 October Provost Ian Walmsley and President Alice Gast welcomed the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds MP, to the College for the Department for Education board’s away day
"Meet the disabled man who dreamt of snowboarding again- and the inventor who made it possible"
Radio Times , 26th July 2018
"The stakes are high in episode one of Inventing the Impossible: The Big Life Fix. "You realise there's a proper, genuine, one hundred per cent risk of death in this?" engineer Ryan White says to product design engineer Yusuf Muhammad... Muhammad comes from a background in this sort of problem-solving, having graduated with a double master's in Innovation Design Engineering from the RCA and Imperial College London and won the prestigious Red Dot Award for product design in 2016."
" Women in health tech: designing solutions and transforming lives across society"
The Gaurdian, 18th July 2018
Hsin-Hua Yu, known as Sheana, was inspired by her own experiences with scoliosis (curvature of the spine) to create Aergo, a low-cost, inconspicuous postural support system. Sheana, who graduated with a double master's in global innovation design at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, was motivated by a research visit where she met with young people who used wheelchairs but struggled to sit comfortably and maintain a healthy posture."
"This Star Wars-inspired robot dog could be delivering your shopping in the future"
Evening Standard, 14th July 2018
"Groceries and pizzas could soon appear at your front door strapped to an "intelligent" robot dog inspired by Star Wars and created in Surrey... Guildford-based React Robotics was founded by chief executive Greg Epps - an Imperial College and Royal College of Art masters graduate - Dr Charles Galambos and Nic Greenway"
Peter Childs, Head of Dyson School of Design Engineering featured on business.com
business.com, 9 July 2018
Get Creative: A Professor's Tips on Bringing Creativity to Your Business. Peter Childs discusses how to build a creative culture in your organization, even if your business isn't in a notoriously creative industry.
Will Fazackerley from joint RCA/Imperial IDE double masters featured in Dezeen
Dezeen, 29 June 2018
Royal College of Art graduate Will Fazackerley has created a range of experimental tableware designed to "spark delight and satisfy your search for edible pleasure". Called Nourish, the project features two products: a drinking vessel made for slurping soups and a pair of objects made for licking food.
Meet the anti-plastic warriors: the pioneers with bold solutions to waste
Guardian, 22 April 2018
The environmental scourge of plastic has shot to the top of the political agenda. We talk to the creatives and campaigners behind five imaginative new ventures...García González and Pierre-Yves Paslier met while studying for a masters in innovation design engineering, offered jointly by the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London
New material made from desert sand could offer low-carbon alternative to concrete
Dezeen, 24 March 2018
A team of scientists in the UK have developed a biodegradable construction material called Finite made from desert sand – a resource that has until now been useless for construction. The material, developed by a group from Imperial College London, is as strong as concrete but has half the carbon footprint.
Makers of new app hope to transform Mandarin teaching
China Daily, 20 March 2018
Matthew Rice, with three fellow students from Imperial College London – Gao Yang, Willa Crolius, and Dougie Mann – has designed what the teams believes is the first language learning tool that explains pronunciation as a simple physical form, allowing users to explore their accent with their hands.
London scientists develop glass 'chimneys' to suck up pollution
Evening Standard, 12 March 2018
Scientists have designed futuristic glass roadside chimneys to clean up the capital’s dirty air. The lava lamp-style design, Pluvo, was created by three master’s students at Imperial College London and Royal College of Art.
What's really going on in those Boston Dynamics robot videos?
Wired, 18 February 2018
There's no need to fear robots like Atlas and SpotMini taking over the world if you learn to look at them with an expert's eye.
Crossrail will generate electricity using the wind created by trains
Wired, 13 February 2018
A pilot project will use grids of lamellae-covered plastic sheets on London's Crossrail to generate electricity from draughty tunnels.
IDE student wins International Sports Engineering Association's student competition
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The Faraday Institution Announces £42 Million for Energy Storage Research
The Faraday Institution, 23 January 2018
The Faraday Institution announced up to £42 million in new government funding to four UK-based consortia to conduct application-inspired research aimed at overcoming battery challenges to accelerate the electric vehicle (EV) revolution.
BBC World News - The Thames Project Plastic & Alternative
YouTube, 21 November 2017
Dhruv Boruah and Leila Sheldrick discuss plastic in the Thames and alternative materials.
(Credit: Dhruv Boruah)
The quest for better batteries
Shell, 13 November 2017
With more electric cars and energy storage opportunities, big brands and start-ups are in a global race to develop battery technology. What do they need to breakthrough? Kunal Dutta reports for Inside Energy.
The Kinect revolutionised robotics, but its demise is 'not the end of the world'
iMechE, 26 October 2017
Microsoft has stopped manufacturing the Kinect sensor, which has given robots affordable eyes since its launch in 2010.
Arborea: the start-up trying to save the world
The Times, 19 October 2017
Starting out: An entrepreneur is hoping to clean up with microalgae, using the tiny organisms to tackle pollution and climate change.
Mumbai woman designs kit which even kids can use to find next antibiotic
Hindustan Times, 18 October 2017
Vidhi Mehta, 27, during her stint at the Royal College of Arts London and Imperial College London, created 'Post/Biotics'. The kit can be used to test samples of 'anything biological' for its antimicrobial properties.
LYS: Tracks light and takes care of your circadian rhythm
Kickstarter, 11 October 2017
Fall asleep faster, wake up refreshed, feel energised and boost concentration with the first wearable to measure your light diet.
Brushing your teeth in the dark is the secret to a good night's sleep, London scientist says
Evening Standard, 11 October 2017
Getting a good night’s sleep means not only banishing your smartphone from the bedside table but also keeping the bathroom light off while cleaning your teeth, a London scientist has advised.
How chicken feathers could warm our homes
BBC, 10 October 2017
Ryan Robinson and Elena Dieckmann have discovered a way to turn feathers into an insulating material for buildings or a packing material for food or medicine.
Click: Batteries Included
BBC iPlayer, 30 September 2017
Click looks at all things battery, from how to keep your smartphone charged to the mountain storing energy in lakes.
Frequent fliers and pregnant women could be at increased risk of health problems, experts warn
iNews, 30 September 2017
Frequent fliers and pregnant women face an increased risk of health problems, from headaches and dizziness to chronic fatigue and cancer from engine fumes polluting the cabin air.
Innovators Under 35 - Chris Natt (IDE)
MIT Technology Review
Reducing accidents and improving safety for mine extraction will be possible thanks to his 3D printing tools.
Innovators Under 35 - Daniel Watson (IDE)
MIT Technology Review
With his innovative light emitting devices, fishermens’ nets will attract only the species of fish they wish to catch.
Clothes that grow with your child win Dyson prize
BBC News, 07 September 2017
Clothes that grow with your child have won the UK's annual James Dyson prize for innovation. The prototype garments fit children aged between six months and three years, and were created by engineering graduate Ryan Yasin. His creation is now being considered for a worldwide prize.
British inventor creates clothes that will grow on your children
Mail Online, 07 September 2017
Children outgrowing their clothes is an age-old - and very costly - problem for parents. But the solution may have arrived thanks to a British inventor who’s designed clothes which grow at the same time as the children wearing them.
The art of science: “bionic chandelier” at V&A Museum will use living algae to purify the air as part of London Design Festival
Evening Standard: Homes & Property, 06 September 2017
Julian Melchiorri prepares to install his “bionic chandelier” in the V&A Museum as part of London Design Festival.
Interview with an Expert: Dr Billy Wu of Imperial College London
RP Platform, 22 August 2017
RP Platform sit down with Dr Billy Wu of Imperial College to discuss 3D printing’s applications in research and education, how Imperial’s students are turning their 3D printed prototypes into business opportunities, and his team’s revolutionary new metal printing method.
The Times, 20 August 2017
In a laboratory at Imperial College London, Elena Dieckmann is working to turn waste chicken feathers into innovative materials.
Our electric vehicle future
BBC, 11 August 2017
The world is racing to be at the forefront of rechargeable battery technology. With global uptake of electric vehicles expected to be massive. Dr Billy Wu from Imperial College London talks about the future of battery technology across the nations.
Musician's Mirror uses instant feedback to alert performers to bad posture
Dezeen, 11 August 2017
This camera-style device designed by Royal College of Art graduate Arthur Carabott uses immediate audio and visual feedback to help musicians improve their posture and technique.
Is Toyota getting left behind?
Tech Insider, July 2017
Two decades after the Prius launched, has the industry overhauled the Japanese OEM that helped popularize the mass-market hybrid?
The Musician's Mirror
TechINK Award 2017, 19 July 2017
Arthur Carabott takes silver at TechINK Awards 2017 for The Musician's Mirror.
It's not easy being green: Decarbonising transport and the grid
Imperial College Business School, 19 July 2017
Dr Billy Wu discusses decarbonising transport and the electric grid
Women in innovation
BBC News, 18 July 2017
Photographs by Amelia Troubridge showcasing women in innovation across the UK (featuring School alumnae, Elena Dieckmann and Natwilai Utoomprurkporn)
Steerable wheelchair uses 3D printed parts for bespoke mobility
The Engineer, 17 July 2017
Togni’s Reagiro (IDE) discusses his design for the world’s first manual everyday wheelchair with a steering system.
Meet the cobots - giving collaborative robots a human touch
Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 07 Jun 2017
Collaborative robots could change our lives. But first we need to teach them to be more human.
The impossible dream: perfecting smartphone battery life
TechRadar, 26 May 2017
Why though are smartphone batteries so slow to develop? TechRadar asked a number of industry experts to find out and discover just how far away that perfect smartphone battery really is.
The One Show: Robotics and reinforcement learning
BBC iPlayer, 01 May 2017
A look at the future of robotics and reinforcement learning (featuring Dr Petar Kormushev).
Where Astronomy and Gastronomy Meet
Scientific American, 25 April 2017
To help people grasp the cosmos through senses other than sight, a scientist and a team of chefs are creating simple, elegant (and edible) metaphors for some of the universe’s most complex ideas.
Edible water: How eating little balls of H2O could be the answer to the world's plastic pollution
The Independent, 15 April 2017
Plastic water bottles are one of the worst culprits for the 16 million plastic bottles that are dumped in the UK each year. Julia Platt Leonard meets the innovators who have ditched the plastic and want us to eat water instead.
Bizarre shoulder pads monitor onlooker's gaze
Mail Online, 03 April 2017
A tentacle-like wearable is eliminating the uncertainty by sending a 'ripple' up the wearer's back if it deems another person's gaze as flirtatious.
Using Technology To Help Visually-Impaired People Navigate Cities
Forbes, 28 March 2017
A collaboration between Italian and British scientists offered vision-impaired users a sound-based way to guide themselves towards and over a zebra crossing.
Bad at Flirting? 'Ripple' Promises These Tentacles Know When Someone's Checking You Out
Time, 24 March 2017
A tech company has developed a new accessory — deemed "Ripple" — that helps determine if someone is checking you out.
Thomas Gonda: My journey through education (French)
Le Monde, 16 March 2017
MEng student Thomas Gonda speaks to Le Monde about his unique and atypical journey through education, and how it led him to Design Engineering.
Can Spraybot make your home warmer?
BBC, 28 February 2017
More than one home every minute will need to be refurbished in the UK between now and 2050, experts say. One invention is aiming to help tackle the problem.
Software helps musicians stop slouching by ruining their music
New Scientist, 10 February 2017
The Musician’s Mirror is the work of London-based designer Arthur Carabott. The software identifies when musicians’ posture is poor and gives them a stark, audible notification.
How a raised hand from a pedestrian could stop driverless cars
New Scientist, 09 February 2017
Blink, created by researchers at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, turns the awkward dance of eye contact and hand gestures that happens when a car slows down while someone is waiting to cross the road into something driverless cars could understand.
Malav Sanghavi's LifeCradle is making neonatal care affordable
Forbes India, 07 February 2017
LifeCradle is designed to provide hygienic living conditions as well as the technology needed for a newborn’s survival at home once it leaves neonatal care, while keeping costs down.
Bringing a breath of fresh air to the UK’s polluted cities
The Guardian, 22 January 2017
A weekend of creative events in central London aims to raise awareness of poor urban air quality.
The Big Life Fix with Simon Reeve
BBC iPlayer, 07 December 2016
IDE alumni Ruby Steel, Yusuf Muhammad and Ross Atkin feature in a new BBC series where the UK's leading inventors build life-changing solutions for people in desperate need.
Paper bike helmet wins Dyson award
BBC News, 17 November 2016
A recyclable, folding cycling helmet made of paper has won this year's international James Dyson Award.
Women in Innovation awards 2016: 15 female entrepreneurs honoured
GOV.UK, 15 November 2016
Fifteen of the UK’s most innovative women were honoured at an awards ceremony at London’s Royal Society of Arts, including Dyson School of Design Engineering student Elena Dieckmann.
You can now hold the entire (3D-printed) Universe in your hands
Wired, 28 October 2016
If the scale of the Universe sometimes leaves you a little overwhelmed, physicists at Imperial College, London are on hand to help. The team has created a 3D-printed version of cosmic microwave background that can be held in your hand, and has provided the files for you to make your own.
Spider silk violin on shortlist for £10k student design prize
Evening Standard, 28 October 2016
A postgraduate researcher who designed a violin made from silk is among the finalists in a new competition to find London’s most innovative foreign student.
Charged issue: how phone batteries work – and why some explode
The Guardian, 10 October 2016
Batteries fuel modern life, from smartphones to electric cars. But how do they store electricity and why don’t they last long enough? And, as Samsung might be asking itself, why do they blow up?
Why May needs to get girls studying to be engineers
The Times, 02 October 2016
Susannah Clarke is using a 3D printer to make a bespoke tool for a surgeon to use in a forthcoming hip replacement.
On the flightpath to a friendly footprint
The Engineer, 19 September 2016
A host of technologies are set to reduce civil aviation’s environmental impact.
From feathers to futures: The story of AEROPOWDER
Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, 31 August 2016
AEROPOWDER are exploring several avenues of developing novel, high value applications utilising waste feathers.
Energy Absorbing Motorcycle Helmets
Sky News, 09 August 2016
Crash testing a motorcycle helmet lined with a unique kind of energy-absorbing material.
Student creates new hydroponic farming system to utilise wasted space in shipping containers
Farming UK, 25 July 2016
An Imperial College London design engineering student has created a new hydroponic farming system to utilise wasted space in the shipping container industry.
Dyson: Reshaping the Future
iED, 01 July 2016
A major response to the growing skills gaps in the UK has been the emergence of the Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London.
Wan Tseng's Wisp wearables are an alternative to "intense" sex toys
Dezeen, 27th June 2016
Crash testing a motorcycle helmet lined with a unique kind of energy-absorbing material.
Gyroscopic glove takes on tremors
New Atlas, 16 June 2016
Imperial College London student creates GyroGlove which is designed to minimize hand tremors.
Arthur Carabott's Superhydrophobic Fountain causes water to move in unusual ways
Dezeen, 08 June 2016
GID student Arthur Carabott creates a Superhydrophobic Fountain.
How neuroscience and big data are combining to reinvent advertising
iNews, 01 May 2016
Professor Peter Childs discusses the links between neuroscience, big data and advertising.
Genomics, virtual reality and ethics: how progress will affect us
Financial Times, 07 March 2016
Professor Saeema Ahmed-Kristensen predicts how swift changes in technology are transforming the way we live.
China races toward cleaner transport
China Daily Europe, 23 October 2015
Dr Billy Wu talks energy and Formula E with China Daily.
The innovators: how tiny amounts of wind energy could light up Africa
The Guardian, 26 July 2015
Imperial College London and Royal College of Art graduate Charlotte Slingsby has developed energy generation system involving sheets of plastic with wave-like filaments.
Next generation innovations blend art and science
Aljazeera, 07 July 2015
New devices designed to make our lives easier are being showcased at a London exhibition.
10 future wearables and connected self concepts from Show RCA 2015
Wareable, 25 June 2015
Next-gen wearable tech from Imperial College London and Royal College of Art students.
Osborne calls for more women in engineering
Business Reporter, 23 March 2015
George Osborne speaking at the Science Museum in London after announcing a £12 million donation to the new Dyson Design School of Engineering.
James Dyson Foundation gives £12m for creation of engineering school
The Guardian, 23 March 2015
A £12m donation by Sir James Dyson to Imperial College London has been announced for the launch of a new Dyson School of Design Engineering, which will open its doors later this year.
SAM 'electronic lego for kids' project storms Kickstarter on day one
Techworld, 29 September 2014
It’s called ‘SAM’, it launched on Kickstarter today, and its makers believe they’ve cracked one of the most difficult problems in educational computing.
'Bruise suit' devised for athletes with impairments
BBC, 28 August 2014
A pressure-sensitive suit designed by researchers at Imperial College London identifies possible injuries in athletes who may be unaware they have been hurt.
Concrete Canvas presented with Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation
Innovation In Textiles, 01 August 2014
Concrete Canvas, a producer of Concrete Canvas GCCM geotextile, was presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation by the Lord Lieutenant of Mid Glamorgan Mrs Kate Thomas.
How edible seaweed could combat plastic pollution of seas
Financial Times, 05 December 2018
Pods hold promise of greener food and drink packaging...Pierre-Yves Paslier left L'Oréal in 2012 to start a masters degree in innovation, design and engineering at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art, where he set about brainstorming non-plastic container designs...with classmate Rodrigo García González.